Planet Earth Rock And Roll Orchestra

From:  San Francisco, CA

285367_527337833977413_883894078_nThe Planet Earth Rock and Roll Orchestra is a nickname given to artists who recorded together in the early 1970s. They were predominantly members of Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and Crosby, Stills and Nash. Their first album together was “Blows Against the Empire,” for which they adopted the moniker, Jefferson Starship. (Jefferson Starship was used again later as the name for Paul Kantner and Grace Slick’s new band formed in 1974.)

Their next collaboration was in 1971 for David Crosby’s “If I Could Only Remember My Name.” During the sessions at Wally Heider Studios, the musicians rehearsed hours of material and, true to Crosby’s philosophy, literally everything was recorded. Material played during these sessions was used not only on Crosby’s album (the “PERRO Chorus” is credited on the song, “What Are Their Names”) but also several other solo albums after Crosby’s.

Some edited tapes from the sessions, which included songs that had never been released, were resurrected in the early 1990s and converted to DAT files which eventually found their way into circulation as “The P.E.R.R.O. Tapes.” Paul Kantner recorded a solo album in 1983 as a tribute to this time entitled “Planet Earth Rock and Roll Orchestra.”

P.E.R.R.O. Tapes (1971) personnel:

David Crosby – guitar, vocals
Graham Nash – guitar, vocals
Paul Kantner – guitar, banjo, vocals
Grace Slick – piano, vocals
Jorma Kaukonen – lead guitar
Jack Casady – bass
Jerry Garcia – guitar, vocals
Phil Lesh – bass
Bill Kreutzmann – drums
Mickey Hart – percussion
David Freiberg – viola, vocals

Tracks played on Psychedeicized

From The P.E.R.R.O. Tapes (1971)

  • The Mountain Song